All political parties should prepare to accept whatever results the election Zambians will bring out in the August 11 general election as the wishes of the voters should be respect as their will, says Chikondi Foundation president Bishop Mambo.
Bishop Maambo also appealed to all members of political parties to watch their language as hate speech could incite political violence.
He has since commended Chief Puta of Chiengi in Luapula Province for condemning political violence because traditional leaders were influential people in their areas. Bishop Maambo said traditional leaders’ participation in the fight against political violence was necessary as the country needed to be united if it was to successfully elect a President using the 50 percent plus one vote threshold
‘‘It is very encouraging for the chief to voice out his concerns about political violence; there is too much hate speech going round and this has become very dangerous,’’ he said.
The bishop said everyone had a role to play in ensuring that political violence was curtailed.
He urged all other traditional leaders to emulate the spirit of Chief Puta and ensure that there was no political violence in their chiefdoms.
Bishop Maambo said even those that were religiously inclined like himself had a role of ensuring they preached peace in the church and encouraged their people not to take part in violence.
‘‘We need more traditional people to talk against these political attacks because these are very influential people in their chiefdoms; even us religious people should ensure we preach against violence in the churches and not allow their people to take part,” he said.
Bishop Maambo said the people of Zambia had to unite if the country was to elect a majoritarian president.
‘’Zambians need to unite if they are to elect a majoritarian president. With the current 50 percent +1 vote requirement by the new constitution, we need collaboration and unity from everyone, ‘’Bishop Maambo explained.